Undrafted free agent Justin Cox's quest to make the Kansas City Chiefs roster was derailed Monday, as the defensive back was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic violence. On Tuesday the Chiefs announced they waived Cox.
According to Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger, the 22-year-old rookie was also charged with burglary and trespassing in Starkville, Mississippi.
This isn't the first time that Cox has been linked to domestic violence within the past year. He was charged with both trespassing and domestic violence last November, although the latter charge was ultimately dropped.
During minicamp in May, Cox insisted that he was ready to move on from his past transgressions, per Herbie Teope of ChiefsDigest.com: "It's not who I am. I made a mistake and I’m just building from it. I can't go back to the past. I'm going to come in here and do what I got to do, play ball and learn from the veterans and do what I got to do to make the 53 [-man roster]."
The former Mississippi State standout's goal of making an NFL roster is now very much in jeopardy, considering the current landscape in the NFL and the league's emphasis on eliminating domestic violence.
Cox had a legitimate chance to make the Chiefs roster by slotting in behind Husain Abdullah, Ron Parker and Tyvon Branch as a depth safety with enough versatility to play cornerback as well.
Now he faces an uphill climb, as he'll be looking for a new squad to take a chance on him despite his troubled past.
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